RHINELANDER - One Northwoods high school student hopes you'll help people who need a bone marrow transplant.
Rhinelander High School's Key Club is sponsoring a "Be the Match" bone marrow donor registry drive Saturday at the high school.
One student helped put this together because her father had cancer a couple of years ago. She thinks more people need to know about bone marrow drives.
"We do a lot of blood drives and community blood drives and I think those are a lot more common," says Bone Marrow Drive coordinator Molly Willging. "This is a different aspect that saves a lot of lives."
The bone marrow drive is a little bit different than a blood drive. Plus it doesn't take as long to get through the registry process.
"Since it's so advanced now, you fill out a bunch of paper work. Well it's not a lot, but you fill out a good amount of paper work," says Willging. " Then you just do like a cotton swab in the mouth because then they can test it for like genetics and DNA markers if you match anyone. Then they'll contact you and then you'll actually get the bone marrow drawn from the hip."
The coordinator hopes for a big turnout Saturday. It starts at 12 p.m. and ends 4 p.m. People can register at Rhinelander High School's cafeteria. The registry is free.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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